Quick and easy pasta dishes from the top chefs at health resorts around the world
The Perfect Platform for Veggies
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"A quick pasta with veggies is one of the easiest, and most satisfying dishes you can make," according to Brandon Sharp, executive chef at Solage Calistoga Resort's restaurant, Solbar. The noodles provide protein, while the produce adds nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. To keep the calories low, he aims for a 50/50 produce-to-pasta ratio. Try his easy pasta recipe.
Pasta is Healthier than Other White-Flour Foods
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Most pasta is made with ground durum wheat, which is higher in protein than other wheat. This means pasta has a low GI (glycemic index), so it won't spike your blood sugar but will keep energy levels even and reducing hunger. This easy pasta recipe lowers the GI of your meal with small amounts of healthy fat: Pesto Linguine Recipe with Snow Peas, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Lemon Zest.
Some of the World's Slimmest People Eat Noodles
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According to studies, people from Japan who eat a low-fat diet of veggies, whole grains, and noodles are among the leanest and longest-living. "Soba is made from buckwheat [a whole grain] and has more nutrients," says Terry Conlan Lake Austin Resort and Spa's executive chef. This healthy pasta dish blends veggies and omega-3–rich salmon with nutty soba noodles. Make this easy pasta recipe tonight.
Pasta is Just 200 Calories a Cup
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Noodles themselves aren't bad; it's massive portions with fatty pasta sauces that get you into trouble. Two ounces of dried pasta—the typical serving—cooks up to one cup. Mii Amo head chef Steve Sicinski uses small amounts of meat and cheese for flavor, and plumps them up with locally grown veggies. For a super satisfying pasta sauce, try his easy pasta recipe.
Pasta is Comforting
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"Pasta is like a hug from a good friend," says Deb Morgan, executive chef at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. "You can count on it to nurture you inside and out," says Morgan. The chef also believes you should eat mindfully. "Instead of shoveling in a slice of lasagna while you watch TV, sit down and eat with friends or family and let the food and your environment feed you." Try his recipe.